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School Bus Transportation

Durham Public Schools provides bus transportation for approximately 17,000 students each year. Schools provide bus assignments to parents in the week or two before school starts. Parents who do not receive an assignment should call the school.

Riding the bus is a privilege, not a right. Misconduct may result in a student losing his/her privilege to ride the bus. Principals are responsible for school bus discipline. Students are not allowed to ride a bus other than the one to which they are assigned unless they have permission from the principal.

Students with disabilities ride regular school buses when possible. A student will be assigned to special transportation when the student’s IEP team determines that the child cannot ride the regular school bus. A student may also be transported by special transportation if he/she is assigned to a program that is not offered in the home school. Students with special needs will be picked up at their homes. Parents/guardians are responsible for taking their child to and from the bus. If a student cannot stay home alone safely, the parent or a responsible adult must be home in the morning and afternoon to present and receive the student. If no one is there, arrangements will be made for the student’s supervision, which may include contacting the Department of Social Services.

Questions about bus transportation can be directed to schools.